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The 19th Martyrdom Anniversary of Ustad Abdul Ali Mazari held in London with great reverence and renewed commitment.

London witnessed a huge gathering of the Hazara Diaspora on Sunday, March 16, 2014 to commemorate the 19th Martyrdom Anniversary of Ustad Abdul Ali Mazari, his companions and the martyrs of Afshar Blooshed with unprecedented support  from people of all walks of life. People from across UK gathered in overwhelmingly large numbers at the Bukhara Hotel, Isleworth to renew their unconditional commitment and pay homage in a resolute manner to the martyrs of February 11, 1992 and the martyrs of March 13th, 1995 who became the victims of aggression and terrorism in Afghanistan.

Hundreds of men, women and children came along to exhibit solemn promise to their Great Leader and the fallen heroes.

Right Wing Picture (Audience)Right Wing Picture (Audience)

The responsibilities of the Stage Secretary were shouldered by Khan Ali and Maryam Atayee whose excellent skills of poetry-reading illuminated the programme with huge rounds of appreciation from the audience. The poems were carefully chosen to depict the scenario, replete with revolutionary quotes and sayings, attributed to Ustad Abdul Ali Mazari to pay respect in the noblest way.

Khan Ali (Male Stage Secretary)

Khan Ali (Male Stage Secretary)

The rounds of delivering verses of selected poems continued throughout the programme which provided equal opportunities to the stage secretaries to show their poetic skills in melodious tone.

Maryam Atayee (Lady Stage Secretary)

Maryam Atayee (Lady Stage Secretary)

The programme started with the recitation of the Holy Quran whereas Ali Ahmadi was blessed with an opportunity to enlighten the hearts of the audience.

Ali Ahmadi (Reciting verses from the Holy Quran)

Ali Ahmadi (Reciting verses from the Holy Quran)

Following him, Shala Khaliqyar, a young girl, was called upon to pay tribute to the Great Leader. She saluted Ustad Mazari by mentioning short biography of the Leader and proceeded on saying that Ustad Mazari was always alive in hearts of the people. She talked about the bravery of the Leader who also taught people the message of love, equality and justice. She said she took great pride in mentioning the daughter of Ustad Mazari who always admonishes ladies to wear hijab.

Habib Ahmad Nadi was the next speaker who revered Ustad Mazari by reading a Persian elegy:

هندو كش گريه كن مزاري رفت
ان زلال هميشه جاري رفت

(Hindukush weep for Mazari is gone
That which flowed continually is gone)

Habib Ahmad Nadi and his friend.

Habib Ahmad Nadi and his friend.

Latifa Sultani was the next speaker to be invited on the stage to deliver a speech. She termed Ustad Mazari as the only support and hope of the people who took extraordinary measures to unify the Hazara tribes and save them from internal conflicts and disintegration.

Latifa Sultani

Latifa Sultani

Later, a group of young kids, known as the New Generation Group and consisting of two boys and two girls were called on the podium to share their affection to their beloved Leader. They showed their love through a Persian poem which reads:

اي خدا دل بيقرارى موكونه
از غم افسرده يه زاري موكونه

(Oh Lord, my the heart is restless
it is sad, depressed and moans)

The New Generation Group

The New Generation Group

Then, Liaquat Ali Hazara, was invited on the stage to salute Ustad Mazari. He came on the dice and said that he will specifically talk as per topic’s demand which was, (مزاری سمبول وحدت ملی و تندیس صداقت – Mazari the symbol of national unity and integrity). He portrayed Ustad Mazari as a perfect human through examples and historical references. He quoted Dr. Ali Shariati’s saying about the Holy Quran whose whole philosophy revolves around the concept of Mankind and Human Being. He said that a large number of people come in this world and pass away but they remain mankind their whole life while there are a few people who make to the category of humans and that is because of their noble work and past services to the humanity. He, further, related the concept of mankind and human being with the quotes of Tiber Munde (a Hungarian-French Scholar) who had termed the world to be in a conic shape in his book, “a glance on the history of tomorrow“. Mr. Munde, after declaring the world to be in a conic shape, divided it into three parts, ie., the bottom, the middle and the top. The speaker (LAH) explained that in the bottom part of the cone, a huge number of people are placed who do not make efforts to change their lives and always remain at the bottom. They are also called the mankind. In comparison, some people can progress to the middle part of the cone who are in transition from mankind to human being while a few can make it to the top and they are the human beings. Ustad Mazari was one of the few people who arose from the bottom to the top due to his outstanding performances, exemplary vision and foresightedness.
LAH also said that Ustad Mazari’s messages of communal harmony, equilibrium, justice, tolerance and protection of the rights of women and minorities; have in fact been mentioned in the Magna Carta of the Britain (the first undisputed charter of the then King of England, promulgated in 1215, to guarantee equal rights and opportunities to all and safeguarding the rights of minorities). He also explained as to show the essential elements of Magna Carta have been incorporated into the British Constitution, European Union Constitution, the European Convention of Human Rights and the Universal Charter of Human Rights. He also explained the reason to mentioning Magna Carta and linking it to the messages of Ustad Mazari. As Mazari had emphasized on  the fundamental human values at a time when the world had forgotten about Afghanistan, when Afghanistan had plunged into civil war and when over half of the world was oblivious of the technological advancement including the internet. He said Mazari preached these ideals at the right time and only the most refined people can envision such excellent thoughts and Mazari was one of the finest persons the world ever produced.

Liaquat Ali Hazara

Liaquat Ali Hazara

Neelab Follad was the next speaker to deliver a poem in honour of Ustad Mazari. Her excellent method of delivering poetry, with primary and secondary stresses where necessary, coupled with melodious voice convinced the audience to appreciate her efforts with huge rounds of applause. Some verses are as under:

اى سروسبزعشق زبعدت بهار كو
دردشت تشنه دل ما چشمه ساركو

بارفتنت جنازه خورشيد خوانده شد
ابر سياه ظلمت وجزشام تاركو

كوان دلي ديگر كه طپيد ازبراي ما
ان مظهر وفاو دل بيقراركو

بازار دين فروشي عجب گرم گشته است
ياصاحب الزمان تو وان ذوالفقار كو

(Ah, the Cedar of love, where is the spring after you!
Where is the spring in the wasteland of our parched hearts!)

(With you passing away, the funeral of the Sun was said
Where is the cloudy black deed and the dark night!)

(Where is the heart that ached for us!
Where is the epitome of loyalty and the restless heart!)

(The trade of faith-selling is thriving
Ye Sahib-uz-Zaman and where is the Zulfiqar!)

Neelab Follad

Neelab Follad

Later, Ustad Mazari’s only biological heir and his daughter, Zainab Mazari, addressed the audience through a pre-recorded  video tape. She urged the people to maintain cohesion and harmony among themselves in that her father had always preached for the same values. She said that the Hazaras are in favour of equilibrium in Afghanistan and that women should have equal opportunities in the society.

Maryam Mazari

Zainab Mazari

Following her, Haji Sadiqzada, the Representative of Ayatullah Mohaqiq Kabuli for Australia, Europe and America came on the dice to deliver a speech. As he had returned from Afghanistan just a week ago, so he emphasized on the need to share his experience of the recent trip in line with the preaching of Baba Mazari.

Starting in a fluent tone, he lambasted Mohaqiq and Khalili for polygamy and amassing ill-gotten wealth which was never the intention of Baba Mazari. He questioned, as to how these so-called Hazara leaders; who accidentally held the reign, declare themselves as the spiritual leader and successor of Baba Mazari when they cannot follow the footsteps of their predecessor. He said that both Mohaqiq and Khalili did not deserve to represent Hazaras due to their incompetence and apathy towards genuine issues of the people.

His speech was packed with Quranic verses about equality, justice, forbearance and perseverance to be applied in a just and civilized society. He even quoted verses from the Quran in which Allah says to the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) to support his nation. He also claimed that supporting one’s own nation is in line with Islamic teaching which is not prohibited.

Haji Sadiqzada

Haji Sadiqzada

Zakir Hussain and his friends were the next participants who came from Birmingham to render respect to Baba Mazari. He read a Persian poem attributed to Baba Mazari while his group repeated the first line of the poem in chorus :

بابه جو بيتو توديگه غم دل كم نموشه
اي تيمو بابه موگه دل مو بيغم نموشه

(Aye Father, heart-grieving does not subside without you
Thy orphans lament for the sorrows won’t fade away)

Zakir Hussain and Friends from Birmingham

Zakir Hussain and Friends from Birmingham

Haji Gulzari was the next speaker who sensitized the audience about the mass migration of Hazaras in 1890s to the neighbouring Pakistan, Iran and India due to the extreme forms of subjugation. Through slides’ show, he shed lights on the history of the Hazaras, their re-emergence and achievements to the highest levels of excellence in public and private sectors in those countries, noticeably in the British and Pakistan Army. The slides’ show covered the period from 1205 to the present.

Haji Gulzari

Haji Gulzari

Rahmat Follad was the penultimate speaker who shared his emotions and devotion through poetry, written for the purpose. It reads:

سروازاد شهادت السلام السلام
اي ثارملت السلام

السلام اي شيرميدان نبرد 
عارف فرزانه خو فرزانه مرد

ناله مارا سرودي اى پدر
هرچه بود اخر توبودي اى پدر

نام توسردفترحماسه هاست
ياد تو گنجينه مهرو وفاست

(Salute to the evergreen liberated Soul
Salute to the Asset of the Nation)

(Salute to the Brave Heart of the battlefield
Gnostically prudent and the wise)

(Aye Father, thou chanted our moaning
Whatever, thou were the hope, aye Father!)

(Thy name is in exordium of epic
Thy remembrance is a treasure of love and loyalty)


Rahmat Follad

Rahmat Follad

The last speaker of the programme was Ali Ahmadi whose speech consisted of the quotes, sayings and preaching of Ustad Mazari.

Ali Ahmad

Ali Ahmadi

Later, Haji Sadiqzada was requested to come on the dice to offer prayers for solidarity and unity of the people.

Photography (Sama Studio)

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Exclusive Interview of Shah Ali Akbar Shahrestani

For those readers and visitors who are interested to know about the History of Afghanistan vis-a-vis the History of Hazaras, they can read the interview in Urdu, published on a Pakistan-based Urdu Newspaper, the Daily Awaz-e-Nasle Nau.

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First Part

Second Part

Second Part

Third Part

Third Part

Fourth Part

Fourth Part

Fifth Part

Fifth Part

The Last Part

The Last Part

 

 

 

 

Nationalists vs Opportunists

The below pictures exemplify the presence and activism of the Hazara Diaspora who have been trying hard to sell out the blood of our martyrs to the interested brokers and international parties including the US.

Please scan these pictures carefully and ask yourself as to whether we can afford to work against the interests of Pakistan as there are over one million Hazaras living in all over the country?
Can we really afford to sit with anti-Pakistani elements who are engineering international plots to create mayhem in the country?
Can we really ignore the sentiments of our people who have been suffering the brunt of religious cum political extremism in Quetta?
The people who attended the anti-Pakistani show in London must be asked as to who gave them the right to play with the sentiments of people?
What price have they agreed to sell the blood of martyrs to anti-Pakistan elements?

When the entire theme of the conference was to focus on the plight of Baloch and their demand for Free Baluchistan, how can they claim to have discussed the Genocide of Pakistani Hazaras?

Syed Inayat with anti-Pakistan US Congressman, Dana Rohrabacher in the conference of Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) in London

Syed Inayat with anti-Pakistan US Congressman, Dana Rohrabacher in the conference of Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) in London

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Zakir and Arshad with Dana Rohrabacher

Zakir and Arshad with Dana Rohrabacher

The News (26-02-2013)

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Jang Urdu Newspaper, London’s Coverage of the event.

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Hazara Community Milton Keynes organises a wonderful Eid Party.

Kids at Eid Party

Kids at Eid Party

Hazara Community Milton Keynes organised an eventful Eid Party on Tuesday, 21st August 2012 at the Melbourne Community Sport Pavilion from 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM. The party started about an hour late from its schedule due to the general tendency of the people to turn up late at functions. The event, however, was so successful that men, women and children joined in big numbers to rejoice and enjoy the celebrations of the auspicious day together. A large number of the HCMK members with their families attended it. While enquiring about the hall, the General Secretary HCMK, Muhammad Hussain said that it was built recently. Since the spacious hall contained a big public park, the men and children preferred to stay out and share jokes, gossips and views on topics of mutual interests as well as playing football. The children were particularly keen at playing small games and chilling out with their peers as if they have not seen one another for ages.

HCMK had had its general elections a few months ago with the new administration taking charge of different posts from the outgoing office bearers. The new administration was elected unanimously for a period of two years to serve their community.

 

Didar Hussain briefing the members of HCMK

HCMK under the supervision of Didar Hussain, who is the incumbent President with his confidant friend and General Secretary, Muhammad Hussain are making strenuous efforts to bring all the factions under this community. Some of their efforts have yielded to tangible fruition in short span of time in that the estranged factions and groups have been merged into the Community permanently.

Didar Hussain, the HCMK President, started his speech to extend Eid wishes to all, thanking the members and the guests alike. He particularly thanked Tanzeem Nasl-e-Nau Hazara Mughal’s representative for Europe and UK, Asghar Ali Gulzari and Liaquat Ali Hazara of Hazara United Movement for coming along and joining the function. After arranging papers in a sequence, he continued, “I spent a lot of time doing these arduous activities of compiling the names of the members but, unfortunately, we don’t have the full contact details of our members. You must remember that I have even emailed you at midnight to inform of the activities which suffices that we are making hard efforts and working round the clock to assemble all the Hazara Diaspora of the city under one organisation.” He said, “I also have personal life but, at this time, I have put it aside as I have got to update the record of our members and their contact details etc in order that they can easily accessible in the hour of need. It may seem lightweight activity but you must understand that the activities which I cannot perform on my own, I request others to help me, for instance, the tabulating and designing of the forms lying in front of you. This required time and the skill for someone adept to make it and I requested someone else to help me. They, sometimes, can do it on the spot but they may ask you to come another time. I keep going to them to get these things done.”

Didar Hussain thanked the volunteers, teachers and all those who devote time for running day-to-day business of the weekend school.

Talking to me, Didar Hussain and Muhammad Hussain were keen enough to share that they were in the process of documenting the contact details of their members which will be computerised for ease of access and use.

 

First Right: Muhammad Hussain – General Secretary HCMK

“Once the details are computerised, it is easy enough to track the monthly subscription fee of the members and those who have not paid the membership fee, for example, they can be reached to collect the remainder amounts”, said Muhammad Hussain.

Besides, different other realistic plans are afoot with short and long term policies to work till end for their success.

HCMK is also running a part-time school with students exceeding the number of 40. Since the weekend school was opened only a year ago, the students are mostly of kindergarten who are being taught with supervision and volunteering services of the Hazara and non-Hazara teachers. Along with the text books designed for schools in England, the students are also taught about their religious obligations with memorising the verses and chapters of the Holy Quran as well as supplications. Students, at a very young age, can read out the principals and fundamentals of Islamic teachings fluently. The volunteers, teachers and the administration staff of the HCMK must be complimented for their efforts to make it a success.

HCMK has a range of sports activities underway. Besides, the Community runs separate male and female volleyball teams. Recently, the Community held first all Hazara snooker tournament in Milton Keynes.

L-R (Hasan Ali, Ali Dost, Muhammad Hussain, Sadiq Noyan and LAH

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کویٹہ: خانہ جنگی کے دہانے پر

Urdu article, published on the Daily Awaz Nasl-e-Nau on 22/07/2012.

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Quetta: on the brink of civil war

The citizens of Quetta should be admonished to refrain from providing any kind of support to the terrorists before it is too late for all

The exacerbating law and order situation in the southwestern capital of Balochistan province is alarmingly worrisome as more and more innocent people are being thrown on the altar of death on an almost daily basis. There is no iota of doubt that the Hazaras, in particular, have been the chief target of relentless ethno-religious attacks; however, the non-Hazara city-dwellers such as the Pashtuns, the Baloch, the Hindu and the Christian minorities and the Punjabis have also been targeted on one pretext or another.
The last week’s two separate incidents tell a gruesome tale as the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s imported butchers beheaded four innocent Shi’ites, who were abducted at the end of June. The video clip featuring these cold-blooded murders explicitly entailed that the perpetrators were talking in Pashto, symbolising the Taliban-style execution to spread fear and terror among the three million locals of the Quetta city. The second incident was, by no means, less tragic as a local Hindu trader was shot dead by unknown people. Apparently, the Hindu businessman was abducted for ransom; failure to reach an amicable bargain with the heirs ended up with the death of the abductee.
The annual reports of various human rights organisations, viz., Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have blatantly expressed grave concern over the safety and protection of minorities in Pakistan. Special sections have been incorporated into these reports to highlight the persecution of Hazaras as well as that of the Hindus, the Christians and the Ahmadi minorities.
All sections of society agree that the intelligence agencies are involved in perturbing the law and order situation in Quetta for ulterior motives. Political analysts, intellectuals, columnists, members of civil society and the human rights organisations frequently express their reservations about the aggravating security situation in Quetta. The Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, has also shown his displeasure about the infamous role of the secret agencies in Quetta.
The bold statement of the recently sworn in Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, while presiding over a high-level meeting in Islamabad last month after taking charge of the post of chief executive from his predecessor; also acknowledged the involvement of federal agencies in the worsening situation of Balochistan and, in particular, Quetta.
The federal government and the judiciary’s highest office-bearers’ concerns convey their inability to harness those very departments whose main responsibilities are providing round-the-clock intelligence reports to the relevant quarters to improve the law and order situation rather than destabilising it. The previous rulers, who let the cat out in the late 1970s, created a huge challenge for all governments, including the incumbent one, to tame this blood-sucking monster. The main stakeholders in Balochistan have realised what the motive of the intelligence agencies is. The targeted attacks against the Hazaras in Quetta, the abduction and merciless killings of other minorities in the province, the mysteriously planted bomb blasts in and around seminaries, the clueless murders of prayer leaders of Sunnis and the latest add-on of Taliban-style beheading of the Shi’ite Muslims echo too much of a sound of civil war in the province.
Various Quetta-based political and social organisations working for the Hazaras, their chieftain, Sardar Sadaat Ali Hazara, and human rights activists have started uttering clearly that they are too exhausted to bury the bullet-riddled corpses routinely. Simultaneously, they point fingers at the dubious role of the intelligence agencies while suspicions rise manifold when the federal and provincial governments show apathy towards taking preventive measures to minimise human losses. The Hazara youths are enraged, while growing pressure on their elders to curb them from taking illegal steps is becoming less effective.
In the entire 13 years since the Hazaras first faced the attacks on their community members in 1999, the overall law and order situation remained intensely perturbed, especially for them, even though the Pashtun stakeholders own heavy investments in the form of shops, markets and local businesses. However, the Baloch are mostly populated in the suburbs of Quetta city; they too share equal socio-political interests in the city as well as in the province. Surprisingly, the nationalists’ political leadership of the Pashtun and the Baloch has been content with verbal condemnations of the brazen attacks of targeted killings on the Hazaras, while showing almost no practical support and solidarity with these oppressed people. The Hazaras term these condemnations devoid of genuine interest to take pragmatic steps for a solution.
I have quite often pondered what may restrict this stratum of society from openly denouncing these incidents and showing the dedication to help curb the menace. I frequently get the feeling that the main political leadership of the Pashtun and Baloch may think that the fire burning in their neighbourhood is of no concern to them. Mixed emotions among them may persist as though their neighbours must extinguish it themselves. The hard fact remains that the foreign elements-cum-imported target killers are making hectic efforts to provoke ethno-religious conflict in the entire Quetta city. Although the Pashtun and Baloch can clearly perceive the dangers of the fire spreading to their own houses, the obvious signs of a smokescreen will not at all save them from its overwhelmingly large-scale destruction.
If they can truly understand that hidden hands are trying to pit the Hazaras against the Pashtuns, Baloch, Punjabis and vice versa, then it is high time they openly came forward and preached to their fellow communities to thwart all conspiracies of civil war in Quetta.
Under no circumstances can the target killers execute their killing spree in the city successfully unless they have the full moral, financial and logistical support of the locals. When the assassins, in broad daylight, infiltrate the narrow and congested lanes and bazaars of Quetta, target-kill their prey and disappear smoothly, it is evident that the locals harbour them in nearby havens. When terrorists kill people in crowded areas such as Spinni Road, Seriab Road, Akhtarabad, McCongi Road, Podkilli Chowk, Hazar Ghanji, it reveals that they have the full support of the locals to hide in their dens comfortably after completing their tasks. The aforesaid areas are densely populated by both the Pashtun and Baloch who will have to be preached in a clear tone that terrorists would go away once they accomplished their goals but the locals will have to co-exist with one another for centuries. One particular ethnicity is in the line of severe fire for years, and it may erupt like a volcano any time, bringing unimaginable catastrophe to the whole city.
The Pashtun and the Baloch nationalist parties must take a clear stance on persecution of the Hazaras, and the citizens of Quetta should be admonished to refrain from providing any kind of support to the terrorists before it is too late for all.

The writer is a London-based freelance journalist, and the chairperson of a political organisation, known as Hazara United Movement (HUM)

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This article was published on the Daily Times on 21/07/2012.

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